Dec. 10, 2012
By: Patrick O’Neill, FSU Sports Information Intern
Hank Lebioda grew up in Winter Springs, Fla., before attending Trinity Prep in 2008. During his freshman year, he played baseball, acquiring a .407 Batting Average as a freshman on the varsity squad. Despite his success on the baseball field, Lebioda chose to pursue a career in golf. In 2010, Lebioda was named the 2010 FSGA Jr. golfer of the year. That same year, he qualified for the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championships. Lebioda is the definition of scholar-athlete. During his four years at Trinity Prep, he accumulated a GPA of 4.06. Hank has competed in numerous tournaments during his first year at Florida State. His best performance was at the Illini Invitational, where he finished in a tie for 17th with a three round 7-over 217. Lebioda finished the tournament with three consecutive birdies. Seminoles.com had the chance to have a light-hearted conversation with him recently. This is what he had to say.
Did anything stand out to you about your first collegiate competition?
Playing in a team aspect was completely different than playing on your own. Having a coach there walking with you the entire time, encouraging you, is a lot more helpful than junior tournaments where you’re essentially on your own.
If you had to add one rule to golf, what would it be?
I’d say you could add a chainsaw to your bag. It would make my scores a lot better.
What are four things you keep in your golf bag at all times?
A sharpie, extra gloves, medicine and an extra battery for my range finder.
Which golf course would you most like to play?
Augusta National. I think what I like most about it is the fact that there’s so much history there.
What’s your favorite part about playing a college sport?
The group of guys we have here are amazing. Golf can have the feeling of such an individual sport, but when you get to college it really becomes all about the team. I played golf in high school with Collin (Engelhardt) as well, so it made the transition that much easier.